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“Today’s leaders have a

responsibility to inspire

the leaders of tomorrow.”

- Lieutenant Colonel Oak McCulloch

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Retired Lieutenant Colonel Oakland McCulloch is the author of the 2021 release, Your Leadership Legacy: Becoming the Leader You Were Meant to Be.


Based on 40+ years of leadership in the U.S. Army and subsequent civilian positions, Oak highlights principles that will benefit today’s leaders and inspire the leaders of tomorrow. 


Oak is an internationally recognized keynote speaker who gives talks on a variety of topics including leadership, success, history, college preparation and others.

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“Today’s leaders have a responsibility to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.”

- Lieutenant Colonel Oakland McCulloch


Lieutenant Colonel Oakland McCulloch has lived his life by this motto. Throughout his decorated 23-year career in the United States Army and various civilian jobs that followed, McCulloch has lived a life of servant leadership. In his new book, Your Leadership Legacy: Becoming the Leader You Were Meant to Be, McCulloch shares common sense principles that every current and aspiring leader can use. Experiences from his childhood and adult careers frame the leadership legacy he has personally passed down to countless others. As Oak likes to say, “Great leadership handed down from generation to generation is what develops great nations.”

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“Great leadership handed down from generation to generation is what develops great nations.”

- David Powell, Master Sergeant, US Army, Retired

Speaking Topics

Oak is an accomplished speaker who can be invited to present on a variety of topics listed here.

  • Your Leadership Legacy: Becoming the Leader You Were Meant to Be

  • The Secrets To Success

  • First Gulf War Experience

  • Kosovo Peacekeeping Experience

  • The Future of Warfare

  • Possible Causes of Future Wars

  • Revolutions in Military Affairs

  • A History of the Arab-Israeli Wars

  • How to Pick a College that is Right for You

Latest Articles


"I have been here at Stetson University for the past nine years, rebuilding its football program from scratch after a 56-year hiatus. During that time, Oak has given his lecture on leadership and what it takes to become a great leader numerous times to my team.


Each time, our players and coaches have incorporated and implemented the very points Oak stresses during these lectures and the results have been remarkable! We had the second-best turnaround nationally in FCS Football in 2018 (we went from 2-9 to 8-2 in one year). Additionally, working with Oak has helped totally change our team’s culture from one of selfishness and blaming to one of accountability and selflessness."

Dr. Roger A. Hughes, President of Doane University and former Head Football Coach, Stetson University

"As a head women’s basketball coach for 26 years, I have come across many leadership strategies, but Oakland McCulloch's leadership lessons are the best I’ve ever learned and ultimately implemented. 


I was so impressed that I asked him to teach his lessons to my team. He has made all of us better equipped to lead, especially through these current challenging times.  Oakland’s leadership strategies are timeless and will help you become the leader you are meant to be."

Lynn Bria, Head Coach for Stetson University’s Women’s Basketball Team

"As we continue to try to connect and engage our prospective students with our campus and community, leadership initiatives are always top of mind for our students and offer many key takeaways for them to learn as young adults. LTC (Retired) McCulloch has graciously hosted a very popular Academic Showcase mock class based around leadership and growing as a leader over the last 3 years for our prospective students to experience during their time on Stetson’s campus for one of our Open Houses. This class has resonated with many different students no matter what their area of academic interest and provides an in-depth experience and engaging way to look at leadership and how to grow as a leader. Knowing that our prospective students love this class so much, I am looking forward to reading his book!"

Dana Dolbow, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at High Point University

"I have witnessed Oak McCulloch’s theory and practice of leadership transform, inspire and instill in young adults the confidence and the capacity to lead in real time. Armed with the wisdom of experience, like Oak himself, his teaching is tough minded, clear eyed and approachable.  Achieving historic levels of ROTC cadet enrollments at our institution was not the only proof of Oak’s mastery of the subject and ability to connect and support the young men and women he taught and led. When we asked him to teach sample classes and summer leadership camps for High School and college age students, surveys of attendees were invariably among the most well received and indicated demonstrated impact on their understanding of themselves and of leadership principles. Making his teachings available in this new book will advance the cause and allow for optimism in the leadership abilities of the next generation."

Joel Bauman, Sr. VP for Enrollment, Duquesne University

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